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Continued: Franken wants more NSA transparency

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 14, 2013 - 5:51 AM

Another bill, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would rein in the NSA’s surveillance programs by explicitly banning the collection of Americans’ phone calls. It would amend the Patriot Act to halt bulk collection of other forms of communication.

Franken said the Obama administration has taken “good steps in good faith to address this problem” but that immediate and ongoing congressional oversight is needed.

“There is no question that the American people need more information about these programs,” Franken said. “For democracy to work, its citizens have to have at least a basic amount of information about this surveillance.”

 

Corey Mitchell is a correspondent in the Star Tribune Washington Bureau.

Twitter: @C_C_Mitchell

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